Bridal Alteration Tips

How many dress fittings are needed?

How many dress fittings are needed?

Brides typically need three fittings to sculpt the gown to the body and ensure the proper fit. At the first fitting the bride will meet the seamstress who will be with her during every fitting until her wedding day. The gown will start to take shape when the fitter starts pinning and tucking the fabric and sculpting it to her body. At the second fitting, the bride should have a better idea of how the gown will fit.

How long does it take to alter a wedding dress?

Because alterations take time, you should schedule your first fitting eight to ten weeks before your wedding day.

What should brides wear to their fitting?

Brides need to bring the shoes and undergarments they will wear on the day of the wedding in order to obtain the proper fit
Haven't settle on a shoe yet? At least bring a shoe that will have heel of the same height you anticipate wearing on your wedding day (otherwise you'll end up with a hem that's too long or too short!).

What can be done if a bride either loses or gains weight once the dress arrives?

If a bride loses weight, the gown will be taken in at each fitting appointment until it fits perfectly. If a bride gains weight, we will try to open the seams and release some extra fabric. If there is not enough fabric to work with, we can order fabric and a panel can be added to the dress, either way, we find a solution.

Is it worth it to purchase a dress in the wrong size if it is a great deal or will too many alternations ruin a dress?

It is always better to purchase a gown in a larger size rather than a smaller size. We can always make a gown smaller but it is harder to make a gown larger. Depending on the style and embellishments on the gown, alterations should not 'ruin' the style. We offer on the spot consultations with brides, to help make the best decision with “off the rack” dresses.

What is your number one piece of advice that you give to brides about choosing their wedding dress?

Make sure your wedding gown represents your individual style and matches the venue you are getting married in and the overall vision of your wedding day. Your bridal gown is the single most expressive gown she will ever wear!

How long does a wedding dress fitting take?

The first fitting is generally one hour, and each subsequent fitting should take even less time since the dress is getting closer and closer to the perfect fit.